Uninsured Rate by State – A Complete Rundown

Health insurance is essential for a person’s wellbeing, but also their financial state. Not every US state, however, can boast high rates of insured residents. Some states like Texas and North Carolina, for example, have millions of uninsured citizens. These are worrisome figures that could easily result in millions of medical bankruptcies. What are the states with the most uninsured Americans? What state recorded the best 10-year change in the rate? Keep reading our guide exploring the uninsured rate by state and find out.

 

Number of Uninsured People in America by State

In the United States, there were 28,264,700 uninsured individuals in 2018. Meaning, 9% of the population didn’t have medical insurance in America. The rest either had private coverage or participated in Medicaid or Medicare programs. The latest US health insurance statistics meanwhile show that two-thirds of Americans aged 18-64 have private health insurance.

Each state has an individual uninsured rate, so we will analyze the percentage of uninsured people in every jurisdiction. We will also compare their results with those recorded five and 10 years ago, effectively discovering what state had the strongest progress.

 

State 2018 in % 2013 in % 2008 in % 10-year change 2018 Number of Uninsured People
Massachusetts 2.8 3.7 3.9 -0.9 181,200
D.C. 3.2 6.7 7.6 -3.5 21,200
Vermont 4 7.2 8.8 -3.2 24,500
Hawaii 4.1 6.7 6.5 -2.6 52,200
Rhode Island 4.1 11.6 10.2 -7.5 40,900
Minnesota 4.4 8.2 8.4 -3.8 238,700
Iowa 4.7 8.1 8.7 -3.4 151,100
Connecticut 5.3 9.4 8.8 -4.1 185,100
Michigan 5.4 11 11 -5.6 526,500
New York 5.4 10.7 11.4 -5.3 1,006,900
Pennsylvania 5.5 9.7 9 -4.2 692,400
Wisconsin 5.5 9.1 8.8 -3.6 313,600
Kentucky 5.6 14.3 13.2 -8.7 240,800
Delaware 5.7 9.1 10 -3.4 54,00
New Hampshire 5.7 10.7 10.5 -5 68,200
Maryland 6 10.2 10.8 -4.2 350,200
Washington 6.4 14 12.5 -7.6 481,700
West Virginia 6.4 14 14.8 -7.6 108,200
Ohio 6.5 11 11.3 -4.5 735,400
Illinois 7 12.7 12.4 -5.7 877,700
Oregon 7.1 14.7 15.8 -7.6 295,900
California 7.2 17.2 17.3 -10 2,774,100
North Dakota 7.3 10.4 10 -3.1 56,300
New Jersey 7.4 13.2 12 -5.8 647,600
Colorado 7.5 14.1 16.7 -6.6 425,200
Louisiana 8 16.6 17 -8.6 358,700
Maine 8 11.2 10.4 -3.2 102,000
Arkansas 8.2 16 17.1 -7.8 242,000
Montana 8.2 16.5 17.5 -8.3 83,900
Indiana 8.3 14 13.4 -5.7 549,200
Nebraska 8.3 11.3 10.8 -3 158,100
Kansas 8.8 12.3 11.4 -3.5 245,500
Virginia 8.8 12.3 11.6 -3.5 710,500
Missouri 9.4 13 12.4 -3.6 556,600
Utah 9.4 14 15 -4.6 279,300
New Mexico 9.5 18.6 20.7 -9.1 190,900
South Dakota 9.8 11.3 11.1 -1.5 79,400
Alabama 10 13.6 13.3 -3.6 483,400
Tennessee 10.1 13.9 12.9 -3.8 670,300
South Carolina 10.5 15.8 16.7 -5.3 517,100
Wyoming 10.5 13.4 13.7 -2.9 59,200
Arizona 10.6 17.1 18 -6.5 743,500
North Carolina 10.7 15.6 15.5 -4.9 1,090,100
Idaho 11.1 16.2 17.2 -5.1 191,700
Nevada 11.2 20.7 20.7 -9.5 338,700
Mississippi 12.1 17.1 17 -5 352,800
Alaska 12.6 18.5 19.2 -5.9 85,400
Florida 13 20 20.2 -7 2,741,500
Georgia 13.7 18.8 18.2 -5.1 1,406,800
Oklahoma 14.2 17.7 18.7 -3.5 521,400
Texas 17.7 22.1 23.4 -4.4 4,957,500

 

Alabama

Alabama is among the 15 destinations with the highest rate of uninsured by state. The Cotton State homes nearly half a million uninsured Americans, and its rate was 10% in 2018. Alabama can’t boast an impressive 10-year change either. During the period, the state saw its percentage of Americans without health insurance drop by only 3.6%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 483,400
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 10%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 13.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 13.3%
  • 10-year change – -3.6%

 

Alaska

Alaska doesn’t have a large number of uninsured Americans, but its rate is among the worst five. Even with a significant improvement of -5.9% between 2008 and 2018, Alaska’s uninsured rate was 12.6% in 2018. That’s why Alaska has the 5th worst percentage of uninsured by state.

  • Number of uninsured people – 85,400
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 12.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 18.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 19.2%
  • 10-year change – -5.9%

 

Arizona

Arizona is the 10th state when it comes to its rate of Americans without health insurance. From 18% in 2008, Arizona’s rate dropped by 6.5% to 10.6% in 2018. Still, this impressive improvement wasn’t enough to drastically improve the state’s rankings.

  • Number of uninsured people – 743,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 10.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 17.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 18%
  • 10-year change – -6.5%

 

Arkansas

Arkansas had high uninsured rates by state in 2008 and 2013, but subsequently noted a significant drop of 7.8%. In 2018, Arkansas was home to 242,000 uninsured residents. Meaning, 8.2% of its population was uninsured Americans.

  • Number of uninsured people – 242,000
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 16%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 17.1%
  • 10-year change – -7.8%

 

California

California is the state with the 2nd highest number of Americans without health insurance or 2.77 million people. The Golden State is also the destination with the best 10-year change of -10%. No other state can boast such a drop in its rate of uninsured people in America. This change also signals that the percentage of Americans with health insurance in California significantly increased between 2008 and 2018. As one of the most federally dependent states in this regard, California has the most Medicaid and CHIP participants (11.68 million).

  • Number of uninsured people – 2,774,100
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 7.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 17.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 17.3%
  • 10-year change – -10%

 

Colorado

The latest statistics on uninsured in America released by the Census show that Colorado has 425,200 residents without health coverage. The state’s current uninsured rate is 7.5%, which is by 6.6% better than the 16.7% recorded back in 2008.

  • Number of uninsured people – 425,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 7.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 16.7%
  • 10-year change – -6.6%

 

Connecticut

Connecticut’s rate of uninsured in America in 2018 stood at 5.3%, placing the state among the 10 states with the lowest percentages. The rate increased from 8.8% to 9.4% between 2008 and 2013, but then improved drastically and settled at the current 5.3%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 185,100
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 9.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 8.8%
  • 10-year change – -4.1%

 

D.C.

D.C. has the 2nd lowest rate of uninsured by state in the United States. Its 2018 rate was 3.2%, which means that the district had only 21,200 people without health insurance. This figure of people without health insurance in America by state was the lowest across the country. In 2008 and 2013, the respective uninsured rates in D.C. were 7.6% and 6.7%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 21,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 3.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 6.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 7.6%
  • 10-year change – -3.5%

 

Delaware

Delaware has only 54,000 residents without health coverage. The rate of 5.7% places the state among the top 10 states with coverage, according to the uninsured American health care statistics. In 2008, Delaware had a 10% rate of Americans without healthcare insurance. Over the next decade, the number of people with health insurance in the state improved. So, the uninsured rate dropped by 3.4% to the current 5.7%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 54,00
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 9.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10%
  • 10-year change – -3.4%

 

Florida

Over 2.74 million people without health insurance in the US are based in Florida. This state, therefore, holds the 3rd position when it comes to the number of uninsured residents. Florida also has the 3rd highest rate of uninsured Americans of 13%. Meaning, the percent of the population with health insurance in Florida is about 87. This isn’t all that surprising if you consider the latest medical bankruptcies statistics. Namely, the South Census Regions, where Florida belongs, has the most medical bankruptcies compared to all the other US regions.

  • Number of uninsured people – 2,741,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 13%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 20%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 20.2%
  • 10-year change – -7%

 

Georgia

Georgia is one of the five destinations with the highest number of uninsured by state. Over 1.40 million residents of the Peach State are uninsured, and they represent 13.7% of the state’s population. This rate also makes Georgia the 3rd jurisdiction with the highest percentage of uninsured in the US.

  • Number of uninsured people – 1,406,800
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 13.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 18.8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 18.2%
  • 10-year change – -5.1%

 

Hawaii

Hawaii has a low number of uninsured residents and a low rate of people without health coverage. The state has a high percentage of insured residents of 95.9, which makes it one of the best destinations in this regard.

  • Number of uninsured people – 52,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 4.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 6.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 6.5%
  • 10-year change – -2.6%    

 

Idaho

When it comes to the uninsured rate by state, Idaho is among the top 20 jurisdictions with its rate of 11.1%. Between 2008 and 2018, Idaho’s percentage of uninsured Americans dropped by 5.1%, with most of the decrease happening from 2013 onwards.

  • Number of uninsured people – 191,700
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 11.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 16.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 17.2%
  • 10-year change – -5.1%

 

Illinois

The Illinois uninsured rate in 2018 was 7%, earning the state the 20th position on the list. Illinois is home to 877,700 people without health insurance in the US. The Prairie State saw its percentage of uninsured residents improve by 5.7% in the period between 2008 and 2018.

  • Number of uninsured people – 877,700
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 12.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 12.4%
  • 10-year change – -5.7%

 

Indiana

According to the 2018 statistics on uninsured in America, Indiana and its rate of 8.3% belong in bad company. The state ranks as the 5th with the most uninsured residents, i.e., nearly 550,000. In 2008 and 2013, the rates of citizens without health coverage in Indiana were 13.4% and 14%, respectively.

  • Number of uninsured people – 549,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 13.4%
  • 10-year change – -5.7%

 

Iowa

With a rate of residents without health insurance of 4.7%, Iowa is the 7th state with the lowest percentage. The state counts 151,100 people without medical insurance in America, but over 95% of its residents have some kind of coverage.

  • Number of uninsured people – 151,100
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 4.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 8.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 8.7%
  • 10-year change – -3.4%

 

Kansas

Kansas shares the same rate of uninsured by state (8.8%) with Virginia. The Sunflower State has 245,500 residents without medical coverage. From 2008 to 2018, its uninsured rate improved by 3.5%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 245,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8.8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 12.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 11.4%
  • 10-year change – -3.5%

 

Kentucky

Kentucky is a typical state when it comes to its rate and number of people without health insurance in the US. These figures within the state’s borders in 2018 were 5.6% and 240,800, respectively. What Kentucky stands out for, however, is the 10-year change in its percentage of Americans without health insurance. Kentucky’s rate of uninsured residents decreased from 13.2% to 5.6% or by impressive 8.7%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 240,800
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 13.2%
  • 10-year change – -8.7%

 

Louisiana

Louisiana is the 5th destination with the best 10-year change in the uninsured rate by state. In 2008, Louisiana’s percentage of people without coverage was 17, and by 2018 it dropped by 8.6% to 8%. Nearly 360,000 residents in the Pelican State have no health insurance.

  • Number of uninsured people – 358,700
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 16.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 17%
  • 10-year change – -8.6%

 

Maine

Just like Louisiana’s, Maine’s percentage of Americans with health insurance is 92. Meaning, the state’s 102,000 residents without medical coverage represent about 8% of the total state population. The 10-year change in the uninsured rate of Maine is -3.2%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 102,000
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 11.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10.4%
  • 10-year change – -3.2%

 

Maryland

Maryland is average in all aspects when it comes to the uninsured population by state. About 350,000 Maryland residents have no coverage at all, and they represent 6% of the state’s population. Between 2008 and 2018, the uninsured rate in Maryland dropped by 4.2%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 350,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 10.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10.8%
  • 10-year change – -4.2%

 

Massachusetts

Massachusetts’ rate of uninsured people in America improved by only 0.9% in the period from 2008 to 2018. While this is the lowest 10-year change, the state has nothing to worry about. Massachusetts, in fact, had the lowest uninsured rates by state in 2008, 2013, and 2018. The state’s percentage of Americans with health insurance in 2018 was as high as 97.2.

  • Number of uninsured people – 181,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 2.8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 3.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 3.9%
  • 10-year change – -0.9%

 

Michigan

Michigan had the same rate of residents without medical insurance of 11% in both 2008 and 2013. The state finally noted progress in the upcoming years, and its rate dropped by 5.6% to 5.4%. In 2018, over half a million Michigan residents didn’t have health insurance.

  • Number of uninsured people – 526,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 11%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 11%
  • 10-year change – -5.6%

 

Minnesota

Per the uninsured American health care statistics, Minnesota is among the five states with the lowest rate of people without insurance. Around 238,700 residents in the state have no coverage, and they represent 4.4% of the overall state population. This shouldn’t come as a surprise since UnitedHealth Group, one of the best US health insurance companies, has its headquarters in Minnesota.

  • Number of uninsured people – 238,700
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 4.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 8.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 8.4%
  • 10-year change – -3.8%

 

Mississippi

In 2018, less than 90% of the residents in Mississippi had medical insurance. This rate gives the state a bad reputation and a percentage of uninsured people of 12.1. The number of uninsured Americans living in Mississippi is over 350,000. The situation was even worse in 2008, when the state’s uninsured rate stood at 17%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 352,800
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 12.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 17.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 17%
  • 10-year change – -5%

 

Missouri

Missouri’s uninsured rate by state was 9.4% in 2018. The percentage of people without coverage jumped from 12.4% to 13% between 2008 and 2012. It then dropped to reach the current uninsured rate of under 10%. As for the number of Americans without healthcare insurance in Missouri, over half a million reside in the state.

  • Number of uninsured people – 556,600
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 9.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 13%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 12.4%
  • 10-year change – -3.6%

 

Montana

When it comes to jurisdictions with the lowest number of uninsured by state, Montana ranks 10th with its 83,900. The rate of residents of the Big Sky State without coverage in 2018 was 8.2%, down from the 17.5% recorded in 2008.

  • Number of uninsured people – 83,900
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 16.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 17.5%
  • 10-year change – -8.3%

 

Nebraska

In Nebraska, there were 158,100 people without medical coverage in 2018 which equals 8.3%. Between 2008 and 2018, Nebraska’s percentage of citizens without healthcare insurance decreased by 3%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 158,100
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 11.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10.8%
  • 10-year change – -3%

 

Nevada

Nevada boasts the 2nd best 10-year change in uninsured rate by state. In 2008, its rate was 20.7%, falling by 9.5% to 11.2% in 2018. Despite the impressive drop, Nevada remained among the 10 states with the highest percentage of uninsured residents.

  • Number of uninsured people – 338,700
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 11.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 20.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 20.7%
  • 10-year change – -9.5%

 

New Hampshire

Back in 2008, 10.5% of New Hampshire’s population didn’t have any health insurance. The situation improved in the next decade. By 2018, the state’s rate of uninsured decreased by 5% and settled at 5.7%. 

  • Number of uninsured people – 68,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 10.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10.5%
  • 10-year change – -5%

 

New Jersey

With a percentage of uninsured by state of 7.5%, New Jersey is not among the worst states in this category. Nearly 650,000 of the state’s citizens have no healthcare coverage. In 2008 and 2013, New Jersey’s rates of uninsured residents were 12% and 13.2%, respectively.

  • Number of uninsured people – 647,600
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 7.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 13.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 12%
  • 10-year change – -5.8%

 

New Mexico

Nearly 200,000 New Mexico residents are uninsured. This figure represents 9.5% of the state’s population, making New Mexico the 16th worst place in the country in this regard. The state ranks the 2nd with the most significant 10-year change in uninsured by state. In 2008, a soaring 20.7% New Mexicans were without medical insurance, and by 2018 the percentage dropped by 9.1%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 190,900
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 9.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 18.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 20.7%
  • 10-year change – -9.1%

 

New York

New York’s rate of residents without health coverage is 5.4%, which isn’t at all bad. The state, however, is home to over 1 million uninsured residents, making it the 6th state with the most significant number of uninsured Americans.

  • Number of uninsured people – 1,006,900
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 10.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 11.4%
  • 10-year change – -5.3%

 

North Carolina

North Carolina is in a similar situation as New York number-wise. Over 1 million Americans without health insurance reside there. North Carolina’s rate of uninsured, however, is nearly double that of New York, according to the statistics on uninsured in America. In 2018, the uninsured rate in the state was 10.7%, down from the 15.5% recorded in 2008.

  • Number of uninsured people – 1,090,100
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 10.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 15.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 15.5%
  • 10-year change – -4.9%

 

North Dakota

With a rate of citizens without health coverage of 7.3%, North Dakota falls at the better half of the spectrum. The state also has the 6th lowest number of residents without any coverage of 56,300. North Dakota’s 10-year change was a modest -3.1%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 56,300
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 7.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 10.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10%
  • 10-year change – -3.1%

 

Ohio

Ohio is among the 20 best states regarding the percentage of uninsured by state with its rate of 6.5%. However, it ranks much worse when the focus shifts on the number of uninsured people in America that live there. About 735,000 residents have no coverage, making the state the 9th worst in this particular category.

  • Number of uninsured people – 735,400
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 6.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 11%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 11.3%
  • 10-year change – -4.5%

 

Oklahoma

Oklahoma has the 2nd highest rate of uninsured residents and the 17th highest number of people without coverage. Over half a million have no insurance, representing 14.2% of the state’s population.

  • Number of uninsured people – 521,400
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 14.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 17.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 18.7%
  • 10-year change – -3.5%

 

Oregon

Oregon has a fairly average uninsured rate by state with its under 300,000 residents without healthcare insurance and an uninsured rate of 7.1% in 2018. One way Oregon is special is the impressive 10-year drop of 7.6% in the state’s uninsured rate.

  • Number of uninsured people – 295,900
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 7.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 15.8%
  • 10-year change – -7.6%

 

Pennsylvania

Pennsylvania is among the states with the most uninsured residents, or nearly 700,000. Still, the state’s rate of people without coverage is low at 5.5%. Between 2008 and 2018, Pennsylvania’s uninsured rate decreased by 4.2%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 692,400
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 9.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 9%
  • 10-year change – -4.2%

 

Rhode Island

Rhode Island has excellent rankings when it comes to the uninsured population by state. The Ocean State has 40,900 uninsured, which represent 4.1% of the population. So, Rhode Island ranks as the 3rd and 5th best in the respective categories. The state also recorded a notable improvement in its uninsured rate between 2008 and 2018 of -7.5%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 40,900
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 4.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 11.6%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 10.2%
  • 10-year change – -7.5%

 

South Carolina

With over half a million uninsured residents or 10.5% of its population, South Carolina belongs among the worst states in this regard. While its 10-year change is a reasonable -5.3%, there’s still room for improvement.

  • Number of uninsured people – 517,100
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 10.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 15.8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 16.7%
  • 10-year change – -5.3%

 

South Dakota

South Dakota recorded the 2nd lowest 10-year change in the rate of uninsured by state. While the state didn’t have a soaring rate back in 2008, unlike other destinations, its 11.1% rate decreased by only 1.5%. So, with a percentage of uninsured residents of 9.8%, South Dakota ranked as the 15th worst state in terms of uninsured rates in 2018.

  • Number of uninsured people – 79,400
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 9.8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 11.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 11.1%
  • 10-year change – -1.5%

 

Tennessee

Tennessee is another US state where the number of people with health insurance should improve. The state’s uninsured rate is 10.1%, which means that over 670,000 Tennesseans have no medical insurance.

  • Number of uninsured people – 670,300
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 10.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 13.9%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 12.9%
  • 10-year change – -3.8%

 

Texas

The Texas uninsured rate is 17.7%, which marks the highest percentage of uninsured population by state. Texas also has the most residents without coverage. Nearly 5 million Texans had no health insurance in 2018. The situation was much worse in 2008 when the uninsured rate in Texas was 23.4%.

  • Number of uninsured people – 4,957,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 17.7%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 22.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 23.4%
  • 10-year change – -4.4%

 

Utah

With the Utah uninsured rate at 9.4%, this state is among the 20 destinations with the highest percentage of people without insurance. Nearly 280,000 residents have no healthcare coverage. The rate in 2018, however, was much better compared to the 15% recorded in 2008.

  • Number of uninsured people – 279,300
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 9.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 15%
  • 10-year change – -4.6%

 

Vermont

According to the uninsured American health care statistics, Vermont ranks quite good in all categories. The state has the 2nd lowest number of uninsured people, which isn’t that much of a surprise. Its uninsured rate is also small and, in fact, it’s the 3rd lowest in the country.

  • Number of uninsured people – 24,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 7.2%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 8.8%
  • 10-year change – -3.2%

 

Virginia

The 10th state, with the most significant rate of uninsured residents, is Virginia. Its rate of 8.8% means that over 710,000 people in the state have no healthcare insurance.

  • Number of uninsured people – 710,500
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 8.8%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 12.3%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 11.6%minn
  • 10-year change – -3.5%

 

Washington

Washington’s 10-year change in the uninsured by state rate between 2008 and 2018 was -7.6%. This makes the state the 10th destination with the most impressive improvement. A bit over 480,000 residents in Washington State, or 6.4% of the population, have no medical insurance.

  • Number of uninsured people – 481,700
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 6.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 12.5%
  • 10-year change – -7.6%

 

West Virginia

West Virginia’s decrease in the state’s uninsured rate is identical to the one on Washington, i.e., 7.6%. About 6.4% of West Virginians, or over 108,000 people, are without health coverage.

  • Number of uninsured people – 108,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 6.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 14%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 14.8%
  • 10-year change – -7.6%

 

Wisconsin

When it comes to uninsured rates by state, there’s nothing special to mention about Wisconsin. The state’s percentage of people without insurance was 5.5% in 2018, down from 8.8% in 2008. Meaning, 313,600 residents have no healthcare coverage.

  • Number of uninsured people – 313,600
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 5.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 9.1%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 8.8%
  • 10-year change – -3.6%

 

Wyoming

Wyoming had a significant uninsured rate of 10.5% in 2018. The situation wasn’t too different back in 2008 when the state’s percentage of people without insurance was 13.7%. With such a rate, Wyoming is home to nearly 60,000 residents with no medical coverage.

  • Number of uninsured people – 59,200
  • Uninsured rate in 2018 – 10.5%
  • Uninsured rate in 2013 – 13.4%
  • Uninsured rate in 2008 – 13.7%
  • 10-year change – -2.9%

 

Uninsured Rate by State – Red States vs Blue States

Red states, as defined by the results of the 2016 Presidential elections, have higher uninsured rates and more residents without healthcare coverage. Six out of the ten states with most people with no medical insurance are Republican states. The situation is even more drastic when we focus on the 2018 rate of uninsured residents. Here, nine out of the top ten states with the highest percentage of uninsured citizens are red.

 

The Takeaways

In the period between 2008 and 2018, there has been an apparent improvement in the uninsured rate by state. Every state saw its rate drop, even though some 10-year changes have been more impressive than the rest. Most states have over 90% of their population insured, while only 14 states have uninsured rates of 10% or higher. When we compared red states against blue states, the former were in a much worse situation. 

 

References: Census, KFF

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